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I see Sky & Telescope are experimenting with a digital edition. As a subscriber, I got an e-mail from them today with a link to the November edition. I got the paper version a few weeks ago so it was interesting to do a comparison. Personally, I'd prefer the paper version.
Interesting development all the same.
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Replied by dave_lillis on topic Re: Sky & Telescope - Digital Edition

yea, although I'd also prefer the paper version.
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Replied by Frank Ryan on topic Re: Sky & Telescope - Digital Edition

I'd be all for advancement but I have to say I'd prefer the paper edition.
Reminds me of when Vynal was the only thing available.
It was always cool to have that big chunk of plastic under your arm leaving the record store...there was something quite gratifying about it.
Now with MP3 and downloads...that whole experience is lost...
the artwork the smell of the new plastic....
oh the memories...
Jeasus... I'm beginning to sound like smiley bulger...
anyway... bact to the point...
For what the human race would gain in saved trees and money..
you'd loose more in way of the tactile experience.
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Replied by pmgisme on topic Re: Sky & Telescope - Digital Edition

I've been reading the Irish Times on line for years.

Rarely buy the pulped wood.

Mind you I read ALL of Sky & Telescope.
(Unlike the Irish Times. No Sport or Fashion for me.)

So I'd Probably prefer to read the pulped timber edition of S&T.

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Replied by phoenix on topic Re: Sky & Telescope - Digital Edition

I went the same way on the survey, I prefer paper copy since it's easier to read in bed and does'nt cost as much as the laptop when you drop it while falling asleep.
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Replied by Seanie_Morris on topic Re: Sky & Telescope - Digital Edition

I'm not a subscriber and I'd still prefer to buy the paper edition. Who wants to slouch in bed with a laptop on your lap when you can have the magazine?
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Replied by johnflannery on topic Re: Sky & Telescope - Digital Edition

Got the survey too.

It's a nice idea to have the digital edition as it would be handy print Sue French's "Deep Sky Wonders" column to bring out on an observing session.

At the same time the printed magazine wins out in terms of convenience of having it to hand any time, any place. In terms of keeping a reference library it's so much handier skim through the pages instead of firing up the PDA/LapTop/iPhone beforehand. The search ability of a digital product will not be as cognitive as a human scanning pages -- just try looking up the help option in Microsoft packages!

A digital edition is technology limited too. If someone comes up with a whole new methodology for file storage and image formatting then bang goes your lovingly created digital archive! Anyone for MSX as an operating system that was supposed to be the bees knees for graphics handling back in the mid-80s? JPEG, GIF, etc. are only going to be as good as current thinking on file systems/compression techniques.

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Replied by johnomahony on topic Re: Sky & Telescope - Digital Edition

The other option is to subscribe to downloading only certain articles. It costs about $20 for 200 downloads and goes back many years. I have used it to check out equipment reviews and specific articles from old S&Ts that I don't have at home.
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Replied by ayiomamitis on topic Re: Sky & Telescope - Digital Edition

Although I was not invited to participate in the survey (I have a multi-yr subscription), I also do prefer the printed edition.

The digital version is nice since it allows for quick searches but then we have possible issues with storage, loss (failed hard disks) etc. With the printed copy, it is always there and can be read anywhere whereas the digital copy, as noted by Seanie, requires a computer anywhere and everywhere.
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